Monday, December 18, 2017

Music Monday - Country Christmas

Music Monday is a weekly meme hosted by Lauren over at Always Me. The point of this meme is every Monday you share two of your favorite songs from the past week. So here are the songs I've been listening to this week. 

So every Music Monday this month is going to be Christmas music! So grab that cozy blanket and plop down in front of the crackling fire with a good book and let the magic of the season envelop you while the snow falls outside your window, blanketing the ground in a blinding white. 

Let's get into some good old American country Christmas music for this week, shall we?





Saturday, December 16, 2017

Heartless - Book Review



Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland and a favorite of the unmarried King, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, she wants to open a shop and create delectable pastries. But for her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for a woman who could be a queen.

At a royal ball where Cath is expected to receive the King’s marriage proposal, she meets handsome and mysterious Jest. For the first time, she feels the pull of true attraction. At the risk of offending the King and infuriating her parents, she and Jest enter into a secret courtship.

Cath is determined to choose her own destiny. But in a land thriving with magic, madness, and monsters, fate has other plans.





Book Breakdown

Buddy read with Katherine - paperbackdreamer

This story follows a girl named Cath on her path to becoming The Queen of Hearts that we all know.

I've noticed that everyone either hates this book or loves it to the point of wanting to die to keep it safe. I fall in the middle, I didn't hate it and I don't love it. It was a meh kind of book. It was very predicable and sometimes that made me want to put the book down but other times it was a fun ride. I loved Jest so much. He was such an awesome character. I could totally see why Cath fell for him. Cath... I liked her in the beginning, even though most of the time I wanted to reach into the book and slap her. She never stood up for herself when it came to her parents or the king. She just let them decide her life for her.

The writing flows nicely, if you've read anything by Marissa Meyer, then you know the writing is simple and sometimes a little over foreshadowing. It's also fun and the perfect amount of description.

I'd say read this if you want a super quick, fun, and yet sad read. If you are looking for something deeper, pass on it.

Friday, December 15, 2017

Undone Blog Tour + $50 Giveaway!






From New York Times and USA Today bestseller Wendy Higgins comes a frighteningly realistic apocalyptic America brought to life and entwined with searing romantic tension that will leave you eager for more. UNDONE, the stunning conclusion in the Unknown Trilogy is now available! Grab your copies of the Unknown Trilogy today!




About UNKNOWN (Unknown Trilogy #1):


Amber Tate believes the worst thing she’ll suffer in life is dealing with the unrequited love she feels for her brother’s best friend, Rylen Fite. She also believes war is something unfortunate that happens places far, far away from her rural Nevada town. She’s wrong on both counts.


When an unknown organization meticulously bombs major cities in the United States and across the globe, a trickle-down effect spreads to remaining towns at an alarming speed—everything from food and water sources to technology and communications are compromised. Without leadership, the nation is split between paralysis and panic, but Amber isn’t one to hide or watch helplessly. She’s determined to put her nursing skills to use, despite the danger, even if it means working alongside the man she can never have.


In this first installment of NY Times bestselling author, Wendy Higgins’s debut New Adult series, a frighteningly realistic apocalyptic America is brought to life, entwined with searing romantic tension that will leave you eager for more.





Amazon Amazon Paperback Barnes and Noble iBooks Kobo







About UNREST (Unknown Trilogy #2):


Being on the run in the desert means food and sanctuary are hard to come by, but Amber Tate and her crew are not about to give up. Not after having so many of the things they love brutally ripped from them by an unknown enemy who sent their world into the apocalypse.


Survival takes precedence, but once safe shelter is found, their guards fall and the emotions they’ve been holding in are finally released. Anger, insecurities...lust. In their tight quarters, Amber, Rylen, Tater, and Remy can't escape it. The past must be faced, and passions run even stronger in the darkest of times.

In the midst of unrest, their worlds are rocked again when they discover the truth about the war that’s ruined their lives. They thought finding out the enemy's identity would give them the edge; instead it’s revealed terrifying dangers they never thought possible.



Amazon Amazon Paperback Barnes and Noble iBooks Kobo







About UNDONE (Unknown Trilogy #3):


Amber Tate never dreamed their heart-wrenching escape from the enemy’s attack would lead them to the most beautiful place she’s ever seen. Like everywhere else in the world, Elmendorf military base in Alaska has been taken over, but it’s time to take it back—all of it—one base, one city at a time. After losing so much, Amber clings to the one precious person she has left, and vows to sacrifice everything to help save the Earth.


Remy Haines is a lover, not a fighter, so when she finds herself in enemy territory, expected to feign allegiance while gathering intel for the rebel cause, she’s never been more out of her element. Tensions only increase when her feelings for Jacob “Tater” Tate won’t go away, and the enemy’s leader takes an interest in her. She’s torn between what her heart wants, and what she knows she should do. As for what her body needs…well, it’s always had a mind of its own.


Amazon Kobo Barnes and Noble iBooks





















Wendy Higgins’s Unknown Trilogy Series Review and Excerpt Tour Schedule:

December 6th


Candace Reads – Review and Excerpt

Literary Dust – Review

Once Upon a Book Blog – Review and Excerpt

The Lovely Books – Review and Excerpt

December 7th

By Valia Lind – Review and Excerpt

Ficwishes – Excerpt

Mes Livres – Review


YA Fantasy Worlds – Review and Excerpt

December 8th


Nice Ladies, Naughty Books – Review and Excerpt


Sister Sister Book Blog – Review and Excerpt

Taylor Fenner’s Bookish World – Review and Excerpt

December 9th

Amy’s Review Obsession – Review and Excerpt

KDRBCK – Review and Excerpt


Rad Babes Read – Review

December 10th

Ceres Books World – Review

Julalicious Book Paradise – Review and Excerpt



December 11th


Lovely reads publishing – Review and Excerpt

Nerdy Soul – Review and Excerpt

Two Chicks on Books – Excerpt

Words We Love By – Excerpt

December 12th

Binding Addiction – Excerpt

For The Love of Fictional Worlds – Review and Excerpt

Moonlighting Scrivener – Review and Excerpt

Reese's Reviews – Review snd Excerpt

December 13th

Book Reader Chronicles – Review and Excerpt

Jen in Bookland – Excerpt

Milky Way of Books – Review


The Book Maven – Review

December 14th

Books Make Me Happy – Excerpt

Ms. Me28 – Review and Excerpt



December 15th


Novelgrounds – Review

PBC – Excerpt

Sharing Inspired Kreations – Review and Excerpt

The Butterfly Reader – Review and Excerpt






About Wendy Higgins:

Wendy Higgins is a soccer mom and backstage drama mama. Most people in her tiny bayside town don’t know she’s a USA Today and NYT bestselling author of paranormal, fantasy, and science-fiction romances. Wendy is a former high school English teacher who now writes full time in her pajamas, and lives on the Eastern Shore of Virginia with her veterinarian husband, daughter, son, and little doggie Rue.

Wendy earned a bachelor’s in Creative Writing from George Mason University and a master’s in Curriculum and Instruction from Radford University.







Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | UNKNOWN Goodreads


UNREST Goodreads | UNDONE Goodreads | Wendy Higgins Goodreads








Excerpt 

Excerpt from UNREST, book 2: Amber and Rylen

It took half a minute for Rylen to open the door. He was in boxers. That’s it. And it did nothing to slow my heart or breathing. I tore my eyes up from his waistline, over the pepper tattoo on his pec, and to his face.

“Hey, Pep.” He shifted to the side. “You okay? Let me just…uh…” He glanced behind him and the absolute worst thought struck me.

“Are you alone?” I whispered.

“Yeah.” He cocked his head at the fear in my voice. “I’m just gonna grab some pants. Come on in.” Oh, thank God.

I put my hand on the door but gave him a second to go inside. When I went in, he was stepping into track pants. I leaned against the wall, more nervous than I’d ever been, as he sat on the edge of the bed, legs wide, and gazed up at me.

“What’s up?” he asked. He sounded tired.

Say it. Say something. “I know it’s not my place to say this, but…I think you should be careful of Linette.”

He grasped the back of his neck and stared at the floor. “Nothing is going on with us—”

“I know.” I rubbed my face. Every word I’d planned to say sprinted out of my mind and left me standing there completely empty headed. Awkward, expectant silence stretched between us.

“I don’t think she understands or respects where you’re at, and what you need.”

He looked at me then, with such suffering in his gaze, and asked, “Where am I, Pepper? What do I need?”

The anguish there made me nearly slide to the floor. I closed my eyes against the wave of emotions and forced myself to speak.

“I think you’re hurting and you need time.”

His eyes dropped to the floor again, silent. Was I wrong? Was Linette right, that he needed her affections to help him heal?

No, damn it! I could not stand the thought of her ever touching him again like she’d done tonight. I was going to comfort him my own damn self. I took shaky steps forward until I stood between his knees. I saw his shoulders hitch with an intake of air, but he didn’t raise his head. I moved forward until his forehead was pressing against my stomach. Then I slid my hands around the back of his head and held him there.

Before I could be self-conscious or wonder if I was forcing affection on him, his arms went around my back and pulled me closer, his face pressing against my abdomen. I felt his warm breaths through the cotton of my shirt as we held one another in the most tender moment I’d ever experienced

with him. I knew in the way he pressed into me, pulling me tighter, his fingers rubbing into my skin through the shirt, that this was exactly what he needed.

I held him, and held him longer, and felt him, and though it might not have been sexual to him, it was the most sensual moment of my life. My entire body went taut and heated at the feel of his hands on my back. His face pressed to me. My hands in his hair.

Footsteps and voices coming up the hall shattered the delicate moment. I moved away from him at the sound of the door unlocking with a click. New York Josh was talking loudly about the Yankee’s baseball record; apparently Tater had tried to bust his balls. They both stopped and shut up when they saw us—Rylen still sitting on the edge of the bed, and me now standing a couple feet away.

Josh hitched a thumb over his shoulder. “You need us to find another room?”

“What?” Rylen said. “Man, shut the fuck up.”

“All right.” Josh winked at me. “My bad.”

Tater looked between the two of us.

“I was just leaving,” I said. “Good night.” I gave them an awkward wave and shot a glance at Rylen as I turned to leave. His elbows rested on his knees, watching me go, the heat of his gaze steaming me from the inside out. 


My Review

*I was given a copy of this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review*

I was so lucky to get a copy of this! I've been dying to read it since I finished the second one and I felt like I was blessed by the reading Gods when I saw the sign up sheet for an ARC. So with all that said, you know I've got nothing but great things to say about the ending to this wonderful series. 

It picks up right where the second one left fell, which I loved! We left off in such a scary place that I was glad to see how it played out. The story seems to move faster in this one ten in the other two, it might be because their are two POVs and the author just wanted to give us the good parts of the story or the parts that moved the plot along. Which was fine by me! I loved this book just as much as I did the rest of them.

I thought that I wouldn't like getting Remy's POV, because while I like her, she wasn't my favorite character but after getting into her head, I like her a whole lot more! I found her chapters sometimes more interesting than Amber's! I did not think that would happen! 

The ending tied everything together perfectly. It was a very satisfying ending, it made me happy even though there were some deaths that hit me hard. I like that though, if no one had died.... it wouldn't felt fake to me. So The ending was perfect in my eyes and this series will always hold a special place in my heart.

50/50 Friday - Favorite/Least Favorite Sidekick

50/50 Friday is a weekly meme hosted by me and the wonderful Laura from Blue Eye Books.


Now what is 50/50 Friday?
Everyone has a favorite and then we also have something we dislike. Like a coin, there are two sides to every question. Example: best sequel you've read/worst sequel you've read. So that's what 50/50 Friday is all about. We will have a new topic every Friday (something bookish of course!). If you have have ideas for this meme don't be scared to let us know!


Topic for the Week
Favorite/Least Favorite Sidekick




Favorite 
Robin - Batman




Least Favorite 
Snapper Carr - Justice League





Topic for Next Week
Best/Worst Christmas Themed Book (or books that take place during Christmas








Thursday, December 14, 2017

Changing Tastes and Tropes I'm Over

It happens to everyone, as we get older our likes and dislikes change. It's not a bad thing and it doesn't mean that the things we are now losing interest in are any less good then when we loved them. 

I'm sure you know where I'm going with this. I'm slowly getting out of YA. Don't get me wrong, I still love YA with all my heart. It's my go to when I enter a bookstore but I'm starting to branch out. I'm learning more toward NA or even just Adult. The main reason, YA is changing in my eyes, it used to be the only kind of books I'd read, now I've found myself looking away from them. 

I feel like I've trapped myself in this little bubble of YA while there is so freaking much more to read out there. So I'm not quitting YA but it's not all I'll be reading anymore.

Everything has to evolve, nothing stays the same. It's just not how the world works. Maybe I'm just starting to 'outgrow' YA. I am not longer the target audience for it. They say it's 15-25 and I'm now 25. I feel so old saying that and I've no idea why, 25 is not old at all. Anyway... the point is, I just wanted to talk about some of the things I dislike about YA. 

The tropes. Every single YA novel has at least one troupe and that's not a bad thing. It's just some troupes I don't like. Insta-love, no way. I hate it. There is no such thing as love at first sight. Lust at first sight, hell yeah, totally a real thing but not love. You can't love someone you don't even know. 

Mary Sue. I'm so sick of the MC in the story being great at everything on their first try, even though they have no idea what they doing but they are freaking amazing at it! Where's the struggle? It's so hard to connect to a character that is amazing at everything because, no one is great at everything. We have strengths and weaknesses. 

Now, this one kinda ties into the love triangle trope which I actually love. Though most love triangles feature two great guys and the most boring girl in the world. Seriously, why on Earth would two awesome guys be fighting for someone so boring? One of my favorite love triangles is in The Infernal Devices. Because I feel like Tessa isn't bland at all. 

There are more, I could go on and on. 

So what about you? Are there tropes you hate? Let me know below and as always butterflies, have a great day!

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday

Expected publication: January 30th 2018 by Avon

Julia Hughes has always played it safe until she learned a very painful lesson. Now Julia’s starting over with a job in the Louisiana bayou—and a scorching encounter with a stranger, only to discover he’s Lucian de Vincent . . . her new employer. The de Vincent brothers share a massive fortune and a dark reputation. Julia cares for their troubled sister, but a menacing presence in the mansion—and the ever-present temptation of Lucian—prove dangerously distracting.

Lucian’s grandmother claimed de Vincent men fall in love once—and hard. Apparently, it’s Lucian’s turn. Julia’s compassionate care of his twin makes Lucian want to lay himself bare. But some secrets are better for Julia not to know.

The recent “suicide” of Lucian’s father is the latest in a string of deaths on the estate. Someone is eliminating the de Vincents. And the best way to get to Lucian may be through Julia. . . .





Monday, December 11, 2017

Music Monday - Warmer in the Winter

Music Monday is a weekly meme hosted by Lauren over at Always Me. The point of this meme is every Monday you share two of your favorite songs from the past week. So here are the songs I've been listening to this week. 

So every Music Monday this month is going to be Christmas music! So grab that cozy blanket and plop down in front of the crackling fire with a good book and let the magic of the season envelop you while the snow falls outside your window, blanketing the ground in a blinding white. 

I'm going to share two of my favorites from Lindsey Stirling's new Christmas album.





Sunday, December 10, 2017

Scorpio Hates Virgo - Review

This year is all about healing the heart, Scorpio. It’s time to leave negative attitudes and stoic facades at the door and let others see the real, more vulnerable you.

Percy Freedman is not grieving. Absolutely not, take that back at once. No, he’s entirely sure that selling his dead aunt’s home and leaving the neighbors he’s known for years is the sane thing to do. Who in their right mind would keep the house that smells like all the hugs he’ll never have again?

Nobody, that’s who.

Well, except his cul-de-sac neighbors. They all seem to think some paint and new furniture will clean the emotional slate. They all want him to stay.

Even his nemesis, Callaghan Glover. 

Especially his nemesis, Callaghan Glover.

Lured into a game of Sherlock Gnomes, Percy finds himself hanging out with his neighbors more than might be considered healthy. Along with juggling new and surprising verbal grenades from Cal, and his burgeoning friendship with Gnomber9, Percy is starting to wonder if selling might have been the grief talking after all . . .

That’s right, Scorpio. With a little patience, heartbreak might be a thing of the past . . .




Book Breakdown 

*Thank you to NetGalley for this ARC in exchange for an honest review*

This was too cute! I love Cal and Percy so freaking much! I went in thinking that nothing would top Jamie and Theo but these guys.... Anyta has this way of pulling you in and making you fall in love with all the characters and I love it! 

Percy is scared to ket anyone in because they always leave him. So he's closed off his heart, not letting anyone so they can't leave him. He's even started leaving them before he gets left. When his Aunt dies and he goes back to her house.... his neighbor may just be the one to change his way of thinking. 

This also features a Demipan character if you're looking for a book with that label. There is also a gay character... duh this is a m/m romance. Also it's a HEA ending, which I love to death! The banter is great between the characters and I just loved the tension in the air. This is a great book to this standalone series and I highly recommend it! 

Saturday, December 09, 2017

Population - Review




Lawlessness, violence and desperation are all that is left of the world following the coming of the Others. Abel exists only within the boundaries that her rules allow - rules that she created to keep her alive. But when her best friend's daughter is taken by the Others, she can't keep playing by the rule book. Instead, she must begin a life defining journey that will test her survival techniques and bring all of her instincts into question. When she finds herself allied with one of the Others, Abel must confront foreign concepts like allegiance and desire and trust as he challenges her ability to find what she has always feared: hope.

*This series is a science fiction romance and some violent and graphic content may not be suitable for young readers*






Book Breakdown 

I won this book through a Goodreads Giveaway

Heart pounding, gritty, diverse, and violent. This book is a wild ride. It does start off slow but once you get through the world building and all that jazz, the story picks up and it never stops. Not once does this book you a chance to breathe. It keeps you on the tip of your toes and the edge of your seat. I being the romance fan that I am, was happy that amid everything else, we get some of that too. 

My biggest gripe with this book.... there is a cliff hanger!!! I need the next book right now. Do NOT start this book without the second one on your kindle, shelf, whatever. I mean it, you will hate yourself if you can't jump into the next one. I know I am. 

The character development is great and the plot moves along greatly. Something I love that I have found some authors have a problem with is the balance of the romance and the actual plot. That wasn't a problem here. The romance never once took away from the plot but instead it added to it wonderfully. 

Overall, get this book and get through the first 25-30 pages and then it will suck you in and refuse to let you go.

Friday, December 08, 2017

50/50 Friday - Oldest/Newest Book I Own

This meme is hosted by myself and the wonderful Laura from Blue Eye Books.



What is 50/50 Friday? 
Everyone has a favorite and then we also have something we dislike. Like a coin, there are two sides to every question. Example: best sequel you've read/worst sequel you've read.


Topic for the Week
Newest/Oldest Book You Own




I got this book back in 2007, it was the first vampire book I ever read and it set me down the wonderful path of my extreme love of vampires.

Oldest




Newest


Topic for Next Week
Favorite/Least Favorite Sidekick








Wednesday, December 06, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday

Expected publication: January 30th 2018 by Kodansha Comics

The guardians in sailor suits return in this definitive edition of the greatest magical girl manga of all time! Featuring an extra-large size, premium paper, and an all-new translation and cover illustrations by creator Naoko Takeuchi!

Teenager Usagi is not the best athlete, she's never gotten good grades, and, well, she's a bit of a crybaby. But when she meets a talking cat, she begins a journey that will teach her she has a well of great strength just beneath the surface and the heart to inspire and stand up for her friends as Sailor Moon! Experience the Sailor Moon manga as never before in these extra-long editions (about 300 pages each).



Tuesday, December 05, 2017

Hard Bitten - Book Review


Times are hard for newly minted vampire Merit. Ever since shapeshifters announced their presence to the world, humans have been rallying against supernaturals—and they're camping outside of Cadogan House with protest signs that could turn to pitchforks at any moment. Inside its doors, things between Merit and her Master, green-eyed heartbreaker Ethan Sullivan, are tense. But then the mayor of Chicago calls Merit and Ethan to a clandestine meeting and tells them about a violent vamp attack that has left three women missing. His message is simple: get your House in order. Or else.

Merit needs to get to the bottom of this crime, but it doesn't help that she can't tell who's on her side. So she secretly calls in a favor from someone who's tall, dark, and part of an underground vamp group that may have some deep intel on the attack. Merit soon finds herself in the heady, dark heart of Chicago's supernatural society—a world full of vampires who seem to be ready to fulfill the protesting human's worst fears, and a place where she'll learn that you can't be a vampire without getting a little blood on your hands.




Book Breakdown 

No. No! NO!!!!!

I can't even right now. I did not see that coming and I am losing my mind! How could that happen?! Ethan.... no...

Okay, rewind, let me clear my mind and get my thoughts together. This is the 4th book in the Chicagoland Vampires series, a series that I've been audiobooking while at work. I love this series. I remember reading the first book when it first came out but I never read the others when they came out. No idea why but I didn't. So now I am going through this whole series and I'm loving it so much. It keeps getting better and better. The writing is snarky and fun. The action is top notch and the romance is hot... when our characters get their act together. 

This one though... it ripped my heart out. It ripped it out and threw it on the ground, without even feeling bad about it. It started out great, Merit has to figure out who is dealing V to the vampires and what is going on. She needs to do it fast and without the GP finding out because they are assholes. So it started out like any of the other books did. It's fun and action filled and everything is great and then the climax hits... and I died. 

Read this book/series. You'll love it. It's got everything in it for anyone. It's funny, mysterious, and filled with wonderful characters that you will fall in love with and then drown in your own tears when they die.

Delayed Departure - Blog Tour




Delayed Departure
Abigail Drake
(Passports and Promises, #2)
Publication date: August 16th 2017
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
When Bethany Beaumont finds a book about life in the sultan’s harem, she discovers it’s actually a guide to the lost art of seduction. Just what she needs as she departs on a study abroad trip to exotic Istanbul. She’s struggling to get over her ex, and the book of dirty little secrets might be just the thing to help…if only she could find someone to practice on.

Half-Turkish and full of Australian swagger, teaching assistant Adam Kent seems to fit the bill. They decide to become lovers for the duration of the trip, and then part ways. Forever.

But not every lesson can be found in a book, and sometimes falling in love changes everything. When Bethany is forced to confront her past, and the promises she made to someone else, will it really be as easy as she thought to let Adam go?


Review 

Bethany has been in love with her best friend Greg for years. She wants nothing more then a happy life with him. Though it can never happen. Instead they play pretend, just so he can keep his secret.

Everything changes when he backs out of their trip to Turkey and she goes alone. Things change as she slowly starts to learn why she can't keep living a lie.

First thing I want to say is how stupid Bethany is. She keeps going out along in a foreign country... even after she's been warned not to and even after she's been chased by a pimp. Yeah the girl isn't very bright. I don't even care her reasoning. She does get a little better towards the end. So that's something good. I do feel bad for her struggle, I think she should've come to decision a lot faster but hey, everyone is different.

Adam was cute, a little too beta male for my tastes but it was so cute to watch how much he cared for Bethany. How much he wanted her to choose the right thing. I think he should've left her and found someone else after she still planned to meet Greg at the hotel with the intent to go along with his plan. I just think that he's a more interesting character then Bethany, he seems to have more going on. I loved watching them fall in love.

Now even though there's a murder in this book, it's very fluffy. Fluffy like the white clouds in the sky. There is small little subplots that try to be darker but the overall arc is just a sweet romance at it's core. If you're looking for a quick romance, this is for you.

There is some cheesy parts in this book and I loved them. I'm a sucker for cheese in romance novels. That being said, there was some parts that made me roll my eyes and want to throw my kindle at the wall. These parts got easier to overlook as the book went on as I just wanted to know if Bethany was going to wise up and take her life for herself.

There is also a few gay characters in here if you're looking for that.

So overall, yes, I recommend this book to anyone who wants a fluff-ball book.









Author Bio:

Abigail Drake has spent her life traveling the world, and collecting stories wherever she visited. She majored in Japanese and International Economics in college and worked in import/export and as an ESL teacher before she committed herself full time to writing. She writes in several romance genres, and her books are quirky, light, fun, and sexy.


Abigail is a trekkie, a book hoarder, the master of the Nespresso machine, a red wine addict, and the mother of three sons (probably the main reason for her red wine

addiction). A puppy named Capone is the most recent addition to her family, and she blogs about him as a way of maintaining what little sanity she has left.

She is a member of Pennwriters, RWA, Three Rivers Romance Writers, Mindful Writers, Women's Fiction Writers, and the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. She teaches writing to children through the Young Writers' Institute and at local libraries.





XBTBanner1

Monday, December 04, 2017

ARC Review - Undone

USA Today and New York Times bestselling author, Wendy Higgins, brings you the gripping, sensual conclusion to her apocalyptic trilogy.

Amber Tate never dreamed their heart-wrenching escape from the enemy’s attack would lead them to the most beautiful place she’s ever seen, marred by one ugly fact; it’s under enemy control. Like everywhere else in the world, Elmendorf military base in Alaska has been captured, and it’s time to take it back—all of it—one base, one city at a time. After losing so much, Amber clings to the only precious person she has left, and vows to sacrifice everything to help save the Earth.

Remy Haines is a lover, not a fighter, so when she finds herself in enemy territory, expected to feign allegiance while gathering intel for the rebel cause, she’s never been more out of her element. Tensions only increase when her feelings for Jacob “Tater” Tate won’t go away, and the enemy’s leader takes an interest in her. She’s torn between what her heart wants, and what she knows she should do. As for what her body needs…well, it’s always had a mind of its own.




ARC Breakdown 

*I was given a copy of this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review*

I was so lucky to get a copy of this! I've been dying to read it since I finished the second one and I felt like I was blessed by the reading Gods when I saw the sign up sheet for an ARC. So with all that said, you know I've got nothing but great things to say about the ending to this wonderful series. 

It picks up right where the second one left fell, which I loved! We left off in such a scary place that I was glad to see how it played out. The story seems to move faster in this one ten in the other two, it might be because their are two POVs and the author just wanted to give us the good parts of the story or the parts that moved the plot along. Which was fine by me! I loved this book just as much as I did the rest of them.

I thought that I wouldn't like getting Remy's POV, because while I like her, she wasn't my favorite character but after getting into her head, I like her a whole lot more! I found her chapters sometimes more interesting than Amber's! I did not think that would happen! 

The ending tied everything together perfectly. It was a very satisfying ending, it made me happy even though there were some deaths that hit me hard. I like that though, if no one had died.... it wouldn't felt fake to me. So The ending was perfect in my eyes and this series will always hold a special place in my heart.


Music Monday - Christmas

Music Monday is a weekly meme hosted by Lauren over at Always Me. The point of this meme is every Monday you share two of your favorite songs from the past week. So here are the songs I've been listening to this week. 


So every Music Monday this month is going to be Christmas music! Simply because I am listening to it nonstop at work and it really just feels me up happiness and some sadness that I can't be with my family during this time of the year... wow. I didn't mean for that to get a little sad. It really does feel me with happiness and happy memories, it also makes me long for colder weather and snow! I love snow and there is never any out here in the Midwest where I live. I miss the North! 

Anyway, let's start off with some classics! These are two of my parent's favorites and while we didn't celebrate Christmas, we still listened to the music, mainly the Christian ones but still. 






Sunday, December 03, 2017

ReMade 2.2 - Signal to Noise

This is the 2nd episode in the second season of ReMade, a 14-episode serial from Serial Box Publishing. This episode was written by Matt Cody. 

You live. You love. You die. Now RUN.

Upon arriving at Sanctuary, the group is faced with two clearly malicious and dangerous caretakers. But they’ve come this far, and are determined to get inside. The only thing to do is stand and fight—whatever that may take. 

One moment proved fateful for a group of teenagers—and not just because it’s the moment they all happened to die. At the moment of their deaths, they were snatched forward into the future and remade in a world they hardly recognize. Now, after facing murderous robots and an unpredictable environment, the teens have begun to find their footing. But can they survive long enough to figure out why they were remade? And will they ever be able to stop running?



Episode Breakdown 

*Thanks to NetGalley for this ARC in exchange for an honest review*

This time we follow Holden, one of my favorite characters in this whole serial but damn... he keeps going on like he and Seyah were married and she filed for divorce, thus ruining years of wonderful love between them. She never returned his feelings! Nothing ever happened between them! GET OVER IT DUDE!!!! There are much better girls out there... like Nevaeh. She's so kind and sweet. 

Anyway, Holden's group is in search of Sanctuary but he's starting to question himself and can't get his mind off HER. The one that he loves so much that it's rather creepy. Just saying. Dude is too good for her. 

They do end up working together and find something they believe might be Sanctuary and this episode ends with the door to the place opening up after they get rid of two Caretakers. As always we are left with more questions then answers and it's driving me insane! I want to know everything now. Hopefully we get a few more answers in the next one.

The Hundredth Queen - Mini Review

He wanted a warrior queen. He got a revolutionary.

As an orphan ward of the Sisterhood, eighteen-year-old Kalinda is destined for nothing more than a life of seclusion and prayer. Plagued by fevers, she’s an unlikely candidate for even a servant’s position, let alone a courtesan or wife. Her sole dream is to continue living in peace in the Sisterhood’s mountain temple.

But a visit from the tyrant Rajah Tarek disrupts Kalinda’s life. Within hours, she is ripped from the comfort of her home, set on a desert trek, and ordered to fight for her place among the rajah’s ninety-nine wives and numerous courtesans. Her only solace comes in the company of her guard, the stoic but kind Captain Deven Naik.

Faced with the danger of a tournament to the death—and her growing affection for Deven—Kalinda has only one hope for escape, and it lies in an arcane, forbidden power buried within her.



Book Breakdown 

*Thanks to NetGalley for an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review*

First off, the cover is stunning. It's the whole reason I wanted this book. I am that person that judges a book by it's cover.... I mean the blurb helps too duh. 

Now for the short review. It's not a bad book bur it's not the best book either. The world building is top notch and the characters are great. The ending though.... towards the end rather... it just fell apart to me. I was loving this book at first, I was planning to give it 5 stars and then ending... 

Don't even get me started on the insta-love! Just no. I hate insta-love with a passion.

Overall, I'm nervous to continue in case the next book is more like the ending... 

Saturday, December 02, 2017

Now or Never - Book Blitz


Now or Never
Lucy Smoke
(Iris Boys, #1)
Publication date: November 29th 2017
Genres: New Adult, Romance

“Harlow Hampton meets the Iris Boys.”

All I needed was a break. A sign. Something.

Nearly getting run over was not the sign I was looking for, but it’s what I got. That and a group of guys who say they work for something called Iris.

No, thank you.

I had enough to deal with, thank you very much. No brother. No dad. No sanity most of the time. I certainly didn’t need to be dealing with thieves and wild cats and guys that were way too good looking. That is…I didn’t need them until they were all I had left. Now I have to make a decision about my future and whether or not they’re going to be in it.

Goodreads / Amazon



Author Bio:

Lucy Smoke is a self proclaimed creative schizophrenic. She suffers from severe wanderlust and enjoys people watching to find her next character. Who knows, maybe you're in one of her stories as well.

Lucy Smoke is a writer of dark romance, new adult romance, and young adult romance. Many of her novels experiment with newer sub genre's such as reverse harem. You can like her facebook page and keep up to date on her teasers for future novels and chances to win free books and prizes!

Website / Goodreads / Facebook / Twitter


GIVEAWAY!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

XBTBanner1

Friday, December 01, 2017

50/50 Friday - Favorite/Least Favorite Book Read in November

This meme is hosted by myself and the wonderful Laura from Blue Eye Books.



What is 50/50 Friday? 
Everyone has a favorite and then we also have something we dislike. Like a coin, there are two sides to every question. Example: best sequel you've read/worst sequel you've read.


Topic for the Week
Favorite/Least Favorite Book Read in November




Best
The Mistake
(Review)





Worst
Confessions of an Assassin 
(Review)





Topic for Next Week
Newest/Oldest Book You Own